The Swiss Army knife of surfing

August 29, 2011 | Surfing
SurfBuckle: the tool you've dreamed of

An Irish surfing entrepreneur has developed the ultimate tool for modern surfers. Nick Ryan is looking for a seed capital that will allow him to market the "Irish-Swiss Army knife" to wave riders.

The Surf Buckle is a special belt buckle that offers a hex key for adjusting fins, a sharp edge for wax removal, a comb to improve grip, and a bottle opener.

The young businessman from Limerick is the founder of LirChild - Lir is the Irish Sea and the name of an Irish God of the Sea whose children were cursed and were turned into swans - a company finding funds through, to kick off the buckle production.

The former Marketing and Entrepreneurship university student has already built prototypes, and the final version will be available with a belt.

"After graduating from university, I had the decision of my life to make: either get a job to do a 9-5 or take the largest risk of my life and try to chase a dream to establish a clothing brand during an economic downturn on a scale the world has never seen before", says Ryan.

Nick Ryan hopes to raise €30.000 so that his new surf gadget sees the light of the market.

"Your backing will help the project by covering the cost of hiring experts in injection molding/manufacturing. It will also go towards the tooling of the injection molds and the final prototype testing of the product", he adds.